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OBITUARY – RICHARD ELIA

RICHARD ELIA 1941-2O17 Wine Publisher, Professor of English Richard L. Elia, best known to some of us as publisher and, with Randy Sheahan, co-editor of The Quarterly Review of Wines, died on February 23 after a several-month illness.  He and his wife of 47 years, Harley MacKenzie, had long resided...
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HENDRICK’S GIN

ERIK ANDERSSON has been hired as the new ambassador for the US East market. In his new position he will oversee the eastern region of the country. For nearly half a decade, Andersson was the Hendrick’s ambassador in Asia covering China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. He began...
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LUCAS BOLS USA

BRETT DUNNE is the new Managing Director for Lucas Bols USA. Dunne has nearly 3O years of experience in the spirits industry, most recently as General Manager at Disaronno USA. He will be responsible for continuing the company’s growth in the US through the management of distributor partners as well...
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BREWERS ASSOCIATION

The trade association has named KEVIN DOIDGE as the organization’s new Sales Director. In this role he will be responsible for developing relationships and selling high-level sponsorships for all BA properties, including the organization’s publications, websites and events, focusing on non-endemic category development. With nearly two decades of marketing experience,...
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THE SCOTCH WHISKY ASSOCIATION

KAREN BETTS has been appointed as the Association’s new Chief Executive, effective May 19.  She joins the SWA after a 16-year career in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, most recently as British Ambassador to Morocco.  She becomes only the eighth head, and the first female Chief Executive, of the SWA...
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STOLI GROUP USA

The company has hired BRIAN COX as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Cox has more than 2O years’ experience in the spirits industry, having held US and global positions at Allied Domecq and Moet Hennessy before joining Diageo where he most recently led their Scotch whisky division. Additionally...
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RÉMY COINTREAU

SARAH LONG has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Americas region, which includes North, South and Central Americas. In this role she’ll be responsible for further elevating the luxury image of the brands. Additionally, Long will provide executive leadership and brand management across the company’s...
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BROWN FORMAN

RACHEL BARRIE has been appointed as whisky maker for the drinks company’s Scotch whisky portfolio, which includes the BenRiach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh distilleries. She succeeds BILLY WALKER, who will continue to support the distilleries and share his whisky expertise throughout the transition. Barrie was Master Blender of Morrison Bowmore...
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OBITUARY – PARKER BEAM, 75

Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam passed away on January 8. He had been battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, since 2O13. Beam began working at Heaven Hill in 196O, where he was trained by his father, Earl, the distillery’s previous Master Distiller. He earned the title himself in...
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THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

THERESA McCULLA has been appointed as historian to oversee the museum’s American Brewing History Initiative. The three-year brewing initiative is part of the Smithsonian Food History program and was created in 2O16 to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry and explore how...
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